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How to legally react to a time of cosmological change? The case of the Mar Menor

Speak4Nature Seminar Series related to Ramón del Buey Cañas (UAM) secondment in UNL “How to legally react to a time of cosmological change? The case of the Mar Menor” was a seminar developed at the research stay of Ramón del Buey Cañas at UNL, attended by people from the UNL Speak4Nature team as well as the general public. In the seminar, the case of the Mar Menor in Murcia (Spain) was presented as the first case of recognition of rights of nature in Europe

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III Conference on Rights and Nature. Debates around the ecological problem

Annual conferences on nature and rights organized since 2021 by the Meulen research project of the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences (UNL) The event brings together researchers from the field of law and other disciplines devoted to the study and analysis of environmental problems. In the month of May 2023, the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral hosted the Third Conference “Rights and Nature: Debates on ecological issues, organized by the Research Project “Meulen II. Deepening of legal contributions on the ecological problem in Latin America” ​​in execution at the Research Center of the FCJS. The activity was carried out in two days in which conferences related to the theme of the call were given and debated and reflected on works presented by researchers and undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Workshop on Human Rights and Ecological Justice

The Workshop “Human Rights and Ecological Justice” that took place in the same week as the “First NetworkSchool: Introduction to Ecological Justice”, in Florianópolis, Brazil. The Workshop “Human Rights and Ecological Justice” that took place in the same week as the “First NetworkSchool: Introduction to Ecological Justice”, in Florianópolis. It was related to the project’s task 2.3, aiming to analyze how human rights theory applies to Ecological Justice, exploring the relationship between human rights and nature. The activity analyzed how the notion of Ecological Justice concerns environmental human rights. It happened on April 8th, 2024, 2:00 pm (Brasilia time), in the Auditorium of the Center Social Economic (CSE), Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in Florianópolis, Brazil. The event was intended for members of partner institutions only.

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Workshop on Rights of Nature

To bring together students and academics currently working on the rights of nature, as well as those who are interested in learning more about the expanding legal discourse and practice in different geographies. The workshop will further the discussion regarding the possibilities of the rights of nature, the obstacles, and critiques through literature and experiences from different countries. This workshop aims to continue the dialogue initiated at the Rachel Carson Center in 2017 by Anna Leah Tabios Hillebrecht and María Valeria Berros and it asks how the debate over rights of nature has evolved since the publication of the RCC on the topic. Specifically, the following perspectives and questions will be addressed: Theoretical, logistical, social, and legal challenges for granting nature rights and the corresponding implementation. The challenges regarding the expansion of the rights of nature framework into different jurisdictions. Engagement with different critical points of view regarding the rights of nature.

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I International Congress of Ecological Humanities

The Congress proposes a more defined and committed area within the broad territory of Environmental Humanities, taking charge of harsh realities and seeking concrete paths for a biospheric humanism that contributes to lay the foundations of a regenerative and truly sustainable civilization. For years, a space for collective reflection (and an academic area) has been consolidating under the label of Environmental Humanities. What, then, should this new label of “Ecological Humanities” be introduced for? Is it a mere pruritus for academic differentiation? In our opinion, this is not the case. We believe that the severity of the ecological-social crisis is so great and the insufficiency of the responses that industrial societies have been providing is so manifest, that it is necessary to go beyond the proposals made by the Environmental Humanities, although the steps that have been taken along this path seem valuable to us. We are aware of the enormous difficulties that we face, and we take seriously the ecological-social emergency situation (not only climatic emergency) and the prospects of civilizational collapse. But we cannot throw in the towel: although the possibility of an egalitarian, conscious and quickly degrowth turns out to be remote (taking into account the relations of force and systemic inertia that exist today), we believe that only this path would make it possible to avoid the worst of the catastrophic course of events that we see coming today. Thus, we convened an International Congress on May 22, 23 and 24, 2023 that proposes a more defined and committed area within the broad territory of Environmental Humanities, taking charge of harsh realities and seeking concrete paths for a biospheric humanism that contributes to lay the foundations of a regenerative and truly sustainable civilization. Download the program Download the Slides

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La memoria del futuro

by Pierre Dardot Presentation of the recently published work by Pierre Dardot ‘The Memory of the Future’. On this occasion we had the pleasure of talking about it with the renowned author, led by Luis Lloredo, and with the lingüistic support of Adrián Almazán, including the part dedicated to the movements for the defense of the earth, the natural goods, and the ecological constitutionalism. Presentation of the book ‘The Memory of the Future. Chile 2019-2022’ (Gedisa, 2023), with Pierre Dardot (author) and Luis Lloredo Alix.Chile, October 18, 2019: An unprecedented popular protest shakes the neoliberal system maintained since the end of the Pinochet dictatorship. September 4, 2022: the constitutional proposal prepared by the Constituent Assembly arising from the social outbreak is rejected in a referendum. In the mentioned failed proposal was introduced the so-called environmental constitutionalism, addressed by the author in the work that is presented.During these three years, the social movements have become politicized with exemplary determination, fueling the debates inside and outside the Constituent Assembly. Among them, acquire special relevance those developed around issues such as the defense of natural goods, the protection and the rights of nature, within the framework of the aforementioned environmental constitutionalism. The political expirience thus acquired rich in lessons that go far beyond Chile, opens an original path, that of the reinvention of democracy understood as a task for all citizens, and not as a monopoly of professional politicians. This reinvention continues. It requires political imagination to shun any and all attemps to restore an idealized distant past or to replicate recent “progressive” governments. Chilean feminists call this exercise ‘memory of the future’.

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Camp for ecological justice

University extension project that tries to quantify data on socio-environmental problems and access to justice in small towns in the province of Santa Fe (in this case Arroyo Leyes) Proyecto de extensión universitaria que trata de cuantificar datos sobre problemas socioambientales y acceso a la justicia en pequeñas localidades de la provincia de Santa Fe (en este caso Arroyo Leyes)